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UPS CV-23 prototype (built by Isuzu/Utilimaster)  (Source: UPS)
"What can green... err brown do for you?"

When much of your operating expenses include fuel to power your delivery vehicles, achieving the maximum fuel economy is always a mission that UPS takes very seriously. The company in the past has looked to hybrid technology that paired an electric motor and batteries with a traditional turbodiesel engine.

This time around, however, UPS is going a much simpler route with a prototype CV-23 delivery truck that is 1,000 pounds lighter than its conventional P70 counterpart according to Jalopnik (the P70 weighs roughly 10,000 pounds). The huge weight savings has plenty of benefits when it comes to fuel efficiency.

First off, UPS is able to use a smaller, 150hp four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission to achieve the same performance as conventional steel-bodied trucks (the P70 uses a 200hp engine according to GreenBiz). Secondly, the reduced weight and smaller engine means that fuel efficiency jumps a whopping 40 percent compared to the P70. UPS reckons that it will save about 84 million gallons of fuel annually as a result.

So how exactly did UPS manage a 1,000-pound weight savings? Utilimaster and Isuzu developed composite body panels that already include UPS’ iconic brown color molded into the plastic, therefore toxic paint isn’t required.

Other new features include LEDs for all exterior lightning (with the exception of the headlights), plastic lower body moldings that are cheaper and easier to repair/replace than steel. 

This "green love fest" isn't without its downsides, however. The CV-23 prototype only has 630 cu ft of cargo space compared to a more generous 700 cu ft for the P70. 

UPS is currently testing its new CV-23 prototypes in Lincoln, Nebraska; Albany, NY; Tucson, AZ; Flint, MI; and Roswell Georgia.



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RE: Good
By retrospooty on 6/1/2011 8:15:39 AM , Rating: 4
both good reasons, so who cares. All in all its a good thing, regardless of the motivation. I wish more companies would do this.


RE: Good
By Thalyn on 6/1/2011 11:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
If going green meant saving money, you can bet your ass that more companies would be doing it. And not just companies - but the average consumer as well. Who in their right mind wouldn't want to save money, after all?

Let's face it... going green is all well and good, but it'll be the bottom line which either stimulates or halts the transition.


RE: Good
By SunTzu on 6/2/2011 7:47:42 AM , Rating: 2
Your operating under the faulty assumption that every CEO knows what's best for his company. Alot of people, and companies, make bad decisions.


RE: Good
By ddownes on 6/2/2011 1:50:10 AM , Rating: 2
It's akin to becoming an MD for the wages and title rather than wanting to save lives. Who cares why they're doing it, as long as they do their job well.


RE: Good
By Wiggy Mcshades on 6/2/2011 11:49:00 AM , Rating: 2
I dare you to try to find someone who doesn't actually want to do a job and at the same time does that job well. The only type of person more difficult to find at that point would be the ones who actually want to do their job.


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